If there is any one individual obsessed with Rwanda in the most warped manner, it is some professor in
University of Antwerp in Belgium.
A self-styled “expert on Rwanda”, Filip Reyntjens is a combination of controversies that embodies every negative thought against Rwanda.
It’s a matter of public record that Prof. Reyntjens wielded tremendous influence in Rwanda under the client regimes whose ideology culminated into the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
As a trusted advisor to former President Juvenal Habyarimana, Reyntjen’s world came tumbling down with the fall of the regime. There was no option for him, but to join the revisionist forces.
Any visit to a Rwanda-related internet chat room, demonstrates the professor’s pre-occupation with re-writing the history of the Genocide against the Tutsi as he attempts to cover up for the crimes committed by the very government he served.
He is evidently still fixated with the divisive ideologies that are responsible for destruction of the Great Lakes region
Nowhere is this more visible than in the latest publication he co-directed with two of his university colleagues ; L’Afrique de grand lacs.
He manages to duplicate the racist legacy that is informed by the never ending Belgian feud (Wallons vs Flemish conflict) into the Great Lakes context.
He has listed senior government leaders in Rwanda, Burundi and the DRC, under the presumed tribal affiliations as assigned by the Belgian Colonialists. Predictably, the list was first mailed to known Genocide revisionists who were all too happy to circulate it on the internet.
Reyntjens and his ilk should learn to lick their wounds and retire in some remote Flemish village they understand best.
Rwandans know what is best for them and their country.
It is not some disappointed revisionist who will dictate what to do.